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Holiday Tips for the Mature Traveller



According to the findings of a recent poll, the greatest regret for the over 50s is not travelling enough, with 91% of them wishing they’d seen more of the world.

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The good news is that two thirds of those polled said they were already planning to make up for it by jetting off to different destinations around the world.

Regardless of whether you have lots of travel experience or not, there are a few things you may need to consider when travelling abroad as a mature traveller.

Choosing the right destination

Booking a holiday to a cheap destination in the sun such as Ibiza or Magaluf may seem attractive, particularly if you’ve been there before and enjoyed it. However, as a mature traveller, do you really want to be surrounded by loud, party-going revellers that flock to these resorts in huge numbers?

What might have seemed like a boring holiday in your 20s may just be the perfect place to visit as an over 50s traveller. From a luxury cruise to the road-trip you’ve always dreamed of, adventure comes in all shapes and sizes.

Insurance cover

When travelling abroad, it’s essential that you have travel insurance in case anything goes wrong. Although, one of the main disadvantages for older travellers is that they encounter much higher insurance premiums, particularly if they’re over 65.

Shopping around for companies that specialise in travel insurance for people over 50 will often give the best value for money and many will be able to provide tailor-made options to cover almost any medical needs.

Health & Well-being

If you’re jetting abroad, ensure you’re vaccinated against any diseases before you go. Your local GP will offer some vaccinations for free, but others can cost around £50. Some even require more than one dose, meaning costs shoot up quickly. To find out which you need, the NHS Fit For Travel website has a handy country-by-country guide.

Consider Travel Options

Before booking a car hire for your holidays you might want to consider some alternatives. Unnecessary car hire can be expensive and stressful, particularly if your journey begins from a major city destination.

If you plan to spend most of your time lounging in the sun rather than travelling, a few taxi rides may be cheaper and more convenient than hiring a car. Check out the international taxi fare calculator to get an estimate of what journeys might cost.

Do your research

Whether you’re looking for ideas on a suitable holiday destination or have another travel related query, there are several sites and forums out there dedicated to helping mature travellers, with personal advice on everything from car hire and insurance, to holiday packages and attraction reviews.

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“Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” exhibition comes to New York, featuring the world’s largest gathering of important emerald specimens



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Wilensky curates a provocative, historic show in the heart of the Chelsea gallery arts district.

If art is an expression of beauty, then the exquisite minerals at the Wilensky gallery are the highest form of aesthetic that nature has to offer. This fall, set in their Chelsea gallery, Wilensky will exhibit the greatest collection of emerald mineral specimens ever assembled. This breathtaking exhibition will embrace the undeniable transformative power that emeralds hold on the human imagination. “Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” will open on Thursday, September 26th and run through Monday, December 30th, 2019.

A human obsession for over 5,000 years, emeralds have been worshiped as a talisman, cut for ornaments and jewelry, and have inspired countless fashion runway shows with their color. Over the centuries, a myriad of writers have honored their history, geology, and gemology. A touchstone for artists, and a springboard for art, emeralds are timeless and live in many expressions. This exhibition is a prelude to that metamorphosis, a celebration of the specimen as it emerges from nature.

Emerald on Calcite, Fura's Tears
Emerald on Calcite, Coscuez Mine, Muzo Municipality, Vasquez – Yacopí mining district, Boyacá Department, Colombia. 9 cm height. (currently in the collection of the Rice Northwest Museum

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“The Yamile Emerald” Emerald on Calcite,from the Coscuez Mine,
Boyaca, Columbia. (formerly in the Víctor Carranza Niño collection, and
currently in the collection of Ms. Lyda Hill)

“This exhibition is focused on natural emeralds, as found and preserved in specimen and crystal form. By bringing together many of the world’s finest known examples of natural emerald specimens, we can better understand all emerald specimens. Important emerald stones and jewelry can be found in every gem collection around the world. The same cannot be said about exceptional natural emerald specimens. We estimate that there are less than twenty-five in the world that would qualify. Of those twenty-five, half of them are here on exhibit,” says Stuart Wilensky, President of Wilensky.

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Emerald on Calcite , from the Coscuez Mine, Boyaca, Columbia. (currently in the collection of Dr. Stephen Smale)

The significance of having half of the world’s finest known emerald specimens all in one place cannot be overstated. This has never happened in the history of mineral collecting. Wilensky invites the viewer to experience wonder and emotionally connect to the profoundly exquisite qualities of emerald specimens.

Amongst mineral collectors, emeralds are one of the most difficult specimens to acquire. Likened to the world’s greatest works of art, each emerald on display is a masterpiece. Elements of connoisseurship confirm significance, including: provenance, color, luster, and composition. Internationally renowned for building one-of-a-kind collections for many of the world’s most influential collectors, Wilensky is uniquely able to curate and elevate an emerald show of this caliber.

Exhibition highlights include an emerald on calcite from the Muzo Mine, formerly in the James Horner collection. One of the greatest mineral collectors to have ever lived, his matrix emerald is that which all others are measured against. It has the ultimate deep rich color, with a large, thick, double terminated crystal sitting atop a complete whitish to clear calcite crystal. Finding a specimen where the emerald crystal is attached to an attractive crystallized matrix is extremely unusual. Another highlight is an emerald on calcite from the Rice Northwest Museum, also unearthed in Muzo, which displays a rare group, or spray, of emeralds. Over twenty emeralds fan out from the matrix; it is one of the most significant specimens in this style.

Emerald Crystal, from the Muzo Mine, Colombia (currently in the collection of Dr. Eugene Meieran)

Gene Meieran, President of the Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks and Minerals, says, “It is a rewarding experience to be able to see so many of the great uncut emeralds, from so many mines and found over so many years, indeed centuries and millennia, in one place. Like a gathering of Rembrandts or Van Goghs, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Emerald, a mineral important enough to be regarded as a biblical gemstone, and yet now is used as a modern laser….wow! It is an honor and pleasure to have some of my specimens included in Wilensky’s exhibit.”

Emerald on Calcite, from the most famous of all emerald mines, Muzo Mines, Muzo, Boyaca, Colombia.
5 cm. tall by 5 cm. wide

Connecting to the mythological tale of Fura and Tena, from the now extinct Muzos indigenous people of the Colombian Andes, the exhibition narrates emeralds through their creation story, where the tears of Fura’s infidelity begot the beloved green rocks. The seductive connection between nature, beauty, legend and art are explored through the mesmerizing green of the specimens.

Exclusively featuring historic emeralds in the contemporary gallery space, “Magnificent Emeralds: Fura’s Tears” will run from September 26th through December 30th 2019, Monday through Saturday, from 11:00 AM-6:00 PM at Wilensky, 173 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 10011. For questions regarding exquisite minerals or sales, contact the gallery directly at, call 646-822-0837, or visit

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Surfing The World’s Longest Wave In Brazil



The indigenous people who live along the Amazon River in Brazil have a word for the tidal bore that rushes in from the Atlantic Ocean. They call the wave Pororoca, which translates to “big roar”. Find out how surfer Serginho Laus has mastered what is one of the longest waves in the world.

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Living in a Big City Doesn’t Mean you Can Drive in Traffic – Here’s 7 Reasons Why'



Many times people who have moved to a big city or live in a big city automatically think that they can drive in any traffic, anywhere; but they’re wrong.  Big city traffic is different everywhere.

Because there is no standard definition for “good driving,” people tend to use their own unique, individual definitions. So, a slow and cautious driver could have a totally different definition of “good driving” than someone who likes to drive fast and aggressively.

In one study, college students completed questionnaires asking them to rank specific driving skills, assess their own driving ability, and assess what driving skills were most important to them compared to others.

As predicted, participants believed that they were exceptional drivers—but only according to their own definitions of good driving. Participants assumed that others would rank important driving skills, like checking blind spots or using turn signals, differently than they would.

Here’s 7 reasons why big city traffic isn’t always going to be your thing.

   1.Not all cities are the same.

Every city is different when it comes to traffic rules, pedestrians, and generally everything. That’s the point of this article, after all.

So watch out for different things while you’re travelling, and look the city traffic laws up before you get there. You might be a good driver at home, but in another place, where you don’t know the rules and people, you could easily be considered a bad driver, by the people on the road and in your car.

     2. Being good at weaving in and out of cars gets people mad.

Yes, that’s right! It’s not cool, it’s annoying. Other drivers are trying to avoid accidents and still get to their destinations in a timely manner, too. Weaving between cars and constantly switching lanes trying to get ahead highers the risk of rear-ending someone/being rear-ended.

     3. Weather is different

In some cities, it snows. Alot. Or it rains. Constantly. Or the sun sits right below your visor during the entire drive. Yes, these things will drastically affect your traffic navigating abilities. Make sure you think about whether you will be capable of driving in extreme weather conditions. You may want to opt for public transport if you think you could be a danger to other drivers om the road.


     4.  You didn’t research that cities average traffic jam times

“oops, we’re an hour late for dinner”

“I’ll add an extra half hour for traffic.” Well, that might not be enough. Be sure to look up the traffic times before you set off, or plan your outings during a time when you know it is not rush hour.



     5. There are unspoken rules by locals.

When you are driving at home, in the big city where you live, you can probably tell pretty easily when someone is an out-of-towner. You see the licence plate and think “I knew it!” That’s because in every city the locals drive a certain way. They are used to different, unspoken rules, and they know the things that are annoying to other drivers. In one city it may be normal to never use a blinker, in another everyone might go 15 over the speed limit. Be aware of your surroundings, and pay attention to how the locals are driving.

    6. You think you’re pretty good driver, and that you’re surrounded by morons who aren’t.

Like we said earlier in the article, because there is no standard definition for “good driving,” people tend to use their own unique, individual definitions. So, a slow and cautious driver could have a totally different definition of “good driving” than someone who likes to drive fast and aggressively. Be aware that even though you think someone is being an a**hole driver, they don’t think they are, and honking your horn and cussing at them might just get you followed home! Patience on the road is safer than road rage. But honk if someone pulls out in front of you!

   7. Crowding the car upfront on a hill.

Have you never driven on a hill? in traffic? Well, people who drive stick especially will hate you for crowding the car in front. And if you’re driving a manual for the first time on a hill be aware that this is a common misdemeanor of bad drivers.


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